Munich Marathon

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Munich Marathon
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In the starting corrals, 2005
DateUsually October
LocationMunich, Germany
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, half marathon, 10K run
Primary sponsorGenerali
Established1983 (38 years ago) (1983)
Course recordsMen's: 2:09:46 (2000)
Kenya Michael Kite
Women's: 2:33:09 (1991)
Hungary Karolina Szabó
Official siteMunich Marathon
Participants4,226 (2019)
Finishing in Olympiastadion, 2004

The Munich Marathon (German: München Marathon) (also known as Generali Munich Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is an annual marathon road running event hosted by the city of Munich, Germany, usually in October, since 1983. The event features a full marathon (42.195 km (26.219 mi)) as well as a half marathon and 10K run. The marathon is categorized as a Gold Label Road Race by World Athletics.[1]

History[edit]

Following the marathon races at the 1972 Munich Olympics, a number of shorter running events were held in the city every year.

In 1983, an annual marathon was established by Michael Schultz-Tholen's company (FVS) and was later jointly organised with the Munich Road Runners Club. The marathon followed the same course as the 1972 Olympic race, beginning in Coubertinplatz in Olympic Park Munich and finishing the last 300 Meters to the finish line in Olympic Stadium.[2] The competition featured nearly 2000 finishers at its inaugural event and this quickly grew, reaching to over 6500 by the late 1980s. As well as the mass race, it attracted high level international competitors in elite races. Participation had a sudden decline after 1990 – going from 6340 finishers that year to 3360 six years later.[3] This change resulted in the eventual bankruptcy of the parent company and its president Schultz-Tholen (who was a polo specialist with limited prior experience in the sector).

In 2000, the race was relaunched on a course outside the inner city, but its popularity returned only when the competition returned to the city streets and the Olympic stadium. Over five thousand people finished the race in 2001.[4] The race established itself among Germany's largest footraces and had a record high of 9041 marathon finishers in 2004.

The 2006 event was the official German Marathon Championship race and Matthias Körner and Carmen Siewert were declared the men's and women's champions, respectively.[2] The event hosted the national marathon championship again in 2012, 2013, and 2014.[2]

The 2020 in-person edition of the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.[5]

Course[edit]

External images
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2005[6]
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2018[7]
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2019[8]
In the starting corrals, 2005
Olympiastadion finish area, 2019

The marathon starts in Coubertinplatz [de] in Olympiapark, and ends in the nearby Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium).[9][10]

The course first heads south out of Olympiapark and then east along Elisabethstraße and Franz-Joseph-Straße until it intersects Leopoldstraße at Giselastraße station.[11] Runners then head south and west to hit Königsplatz and circle Karolinenplatz [de] before heading back north to Giselastraße station.[11] The marathon then heads northeast to enter Englischer Garten and nearly reaches its northern end before turning back southwest to exit the park near the Chinese Tower around the race's halfway point.[11]

After crossing the Isar river via the Max Joseph Bridge [de], runners head northeast along Oberföhringer Straße and then south along Cosimastraße, eventually crossing the train tracks at Berg am Laim Station.[11] The course then heads west to Altstadt via the Ludwig Bridge [de], and then heads north on Leopoldstraße back to Giselastraße station.[11] The marathon then returns to Olympiapark via Franz-Joseph-Straße and Elisabethstraße, and finishes inside Olympiastadion.[11]

Winners[edit]

Bernadette Pichlmaier [de], two-time winner, en route to her win in 2011
Finisher medal in 2009

The course records over the entire history of the city's marathons are held by Michael Kite of Kenya (2:09:46 hours in 2000) and Hungary's Karolina Szabó (2:33:09 hours in 1991).[2]

Key:

   Course record (in bold)
   National championship race

Marathon[edit]

Ed. Year Men's winner Time[a] Women's winner Time[a] Rf.
1 1983  Kjell-Erik Ståhl (SWE) 2:13:33  Christa Vahlensieck (FRG) 2:33:45
2 1984  Karel Lismont (BEL) 2:12:50  Christa Vahlensieck (FRG) 2:38:50
3 1985  Marjan Krempl (YUG) 2:19:30  Olivia Grüner (FRG) 2:45:52
4 1986  István Kerékjártó (HUN) 2:17:46  Olivia Grüner (FRG) 2:38:51
5 1987  Ahmet Altun (TUR) 2:13:37  Angelika Dunke (FRG) 2:40:59
6 1988  Ernest Tjela (LES) 2:12:55  Janeth Mayal (BRA) 2:42:34
7 1989  Herbert Steffny (FRG) 2:11:30  Janeth Mayal (BRA) 2:37:04
8 1990  Steffen Dittmann (FRG) 2:13:47  Charlotte Teske (FRG) 2:33:12
9 1991  João Alves (BRA) 2:15:34  Karolina Szabó (HUN) 2:33:09
10 1992  Ivan Uvízl (TCH) 2:14:28  Birgit Lennartz (GER) 2:39:17
11 1993  Gidamis Shahanga (TAN) 2:14:28  Fátima Neves (POR) 2:39:34
12 1994  Gidamis Shahanga (TAN) 2:17:27  Svetlana Kazatkina (RUS) 2:53:45
13 1995  Zoltán Holba (HUN) 2:18:42  Karin Steiger (GER) 2:47:43
14 1996  Lars Andervang (SWE) 2:19:11  Maria Bak (GER) 2:41:56
not held from 1997 to 2000
15 2000  Michael Kite (KEN) 2:09:46  Elżbieta Jarosz (POL) 2:37:34
16 2001  Andriy Naumov (UKR) 2:13:57  Valentina Delion (MDA) 2:43:41
17 2002  Jonathan Wyatt (NZL) 2:23:19  Silke Fersch (GER) 2:46:18
18 2003  Gemechu Roba (ETH) 2:19:26  Silke Fersch (GER) 2:44:59
19 2004  Reinhard Harrasser (ITA) 2:21:21  Christine Lelan (FRA) 2:46:18
20 2005  Herman Achmüller (ITA) 2:24:28  Cornelia Firsching (GER) 2:54:03
21 2006  Matthias Körner (GER) 2:21:55  Carmen Siewert (GER) 2:47:22
22 2007  Falk Cierpinski (GER) 2:25:26  Cornelia Firsching (GER) 2:56:33
23 2008  Steffen Justus (GER) 2:21:38  Melanie Hohenester (GER) 2:49:20
24 2009  Maksim Saliy (UKR) 2:28:13  Luzia Schmid (GER) 2:53:16
25 2010  Andriy Naumov (UKR) 2:18:23  Bernadette Pichlmaier (GER) 2:35:28
26 2011  Richard Friedrich (GER) 2:19:27  Bernadette Pichlmaier (GER) 2:38:02
27 2012  Jan Hamann (GER) 2:19:46  Susanne Hahn (GER) 2:32:11
28 2013  Frank Schauer (GER) 2:18:56  Silke Optekamp (GER) 2:41:50
29 2014  Tobias Schreindl (GER) 2:21:47  Steffi Volke (GER) 2:44:37
30 2015  Florian Stelzle (GER) 2:29:59  Julia Viellehner (GER) 2:40:28
31 2016  Oliver Herrmann (GER) 2:27:12  Latifa Schuster (FRA) 2:56:20
32 2017  Mario Wernsdörfer (GER) 2:27:52  Bianca Meyer (GER) 2:49:35
33 2018  Andreas Straßner (GER) 2:27:58  Susanne Schreindl (GER) 2:49:38
34 2019  Andreas Straßner (GER) 2:28:52  Alexandra Morozova (RUS) 2:48:00
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic [5]

Half Marathon[edit]

Ed. Year Men's winner Time[a] Women's winner Time[a] Rf.
25 2010  Sören Kah (GER) 1:07:31  Bianca Meyer (GER) 1:21:38
26 2011  Sören Kah (GER) 1:07:07  Susanne Hahn (GER) 1:13:02
27 2012  Sören Kah (GER) 1:04:43  Ingalena Heuck (GER) 1:21:35
28 2013  Valentin Unterholzner (GER) 1:07:23  Corinna Harrer (GER) 1:14:04
29 2014  Gianluca Borghesi (ITA) 1:08:31  Teresa Montrone (ITA) 1:19:08
30 2015  Tobias Schreindl (GER) 1:06:45  Susanne Ölhorn (GER) 1:21:18
31 2016  Wondemagen Seed-Egasso (ETH) 1:07:47  Nora Schmitz (GER) 1:20:41
32 2017  Tobias Schreindl (GER) 1:08:26  Susanne Schreindl (GER) 1:20:09
33 2018  Salvatore Gambino (ITA) 1:09:59  Sophie Hardy (BEL) 1:16:37
34 2019  Luis Carlos Rivero (GUA) 1:08:47  Susanne Schreindl (GER) 1:20:13
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic [5]

10K[edit]

Year Men's winner Time[b] Women's winner Time[b] Rf.
2010  Joseph Katib (GER) 31:38  Julia Viellehner (GER) 34:22
2011  Joseph Katib (GER) 31:30  Christine Schleifer (GER) 34:53
2012  Tobias Gröbl (GER) 30:53  Veronica Clio Pohl (GER) 34:48
2013  Matthew Coloe (AUS) 31:14  Julia Leenders (GER) 35:37
2014  Sebastian Nadler (GER) 31:48  Tina Fischl (GER) 35:15
2015  Sebastian Hallmann (GER) 31:28  Tina Fischl (GER) 35:05
2016  Julio Del Val González (ESP) 31:32  Laura-Jane Day (GBR) 35:40
2017  Clemens Bleistein (GER) 30:39  Andrea Meier (SUI) 35:51
2018  Max Weigand (GER) 32:09  Jule Vetter (GER) 36:36
2019  Andrey Karpin (RUS) 33:01  Tina Fischl (GER) 36:24
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic [5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d h:m:s
  2. ^ a b m:s

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20200902131643/https://www.worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-label-road-races/calendar/2020
  2. ^ a b c d Gasparovic, Juraj & Loonstra, Klaas (2011-10-10). Münich Median Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-10-28.
  3. ^ Lennartz, Karl (2007). Marathonlauf. Chapter 2: Ost und West und gesamtdeutsch. (in German). ISBN 978-3-9811512-0-6
  4. ^ 2. medien.marathon.münchen: Ergebnisse. Championchip. Retrieved on 2011-10-28.
  5. ^ a b c d https://web.archive.org/web/20200926145216/https://www.generalimuenchenmarathon.de/en/news-media/news/news/generali-munich-marathon-2020-cancellation
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20050830055850/http://medienmarathon.de/strecke/streckenplan/index.php
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201020151131/https://letsportpeople.com/ru/munich-marathon-and-half-october-2018_ru/
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20200927173608/https://letsportpeople.com/ru/munich-marathon-and-half-october-2019_ru/
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201209110511if_/https://www.generalimuenchenmarathon.de/fileadmin/user_upload/2019/run_gmm19_plan_olympiagelaende_v2_181119.pdf
  10. ^ "Marathon". Archived from the original on 2020-02-27.
  11. ^ a b c d e f https://web.archive.org/web/20201209102903if_/https://www.generalimuenchenmarathon.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Streckenplaene_2019/run_gmm19_plan_strecke_marathon_rz_181115.pdf
List of winners

External links[edit]